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Breath Project

School: High School for Recording Arts

City/State: St. Paul, MN

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Format(s): Video: Project documentation

Subject(s): Health and Wellness, Performing Arts, Science and Technology

Project Overview

Students delved into groundbreaking Harvard research around brain development in children ages 0-3 and found an unexpected path for personal expression of pain from personal trauma. Inspired by the research on the causes of traumatic stress on children’s brains.

HSRA is a project-based, public charter school that operates within and around a professional recording studio. Students earn time in the studio by completing academic projects in the core learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Projects include an authentic audience, stem from students self-identified passions, and inspire students to learn about real-world issues as they create a high-quality product to increase public awareness. HSRA encourages students who may have dropped out or been pushed out from traditional schools to complete their diplomas through a love of music and the music business. The Visual Inclusion Program (VIP) puts special education students in the leadership role. VIP encourages special education students to learn about video production, visual arts, and design and to then contribute in important ways to video projects. This public service music video is a compelling product of student-powered learning. 

See more about the process behind the creation of this video here.


How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Compelling model of engaging students through performing arts
  • Beautiful example of students perfecting their work for an authentic audience and responding to a real social problem in their community and beyond
  • Shows special education students contributing in a real way through equal and respectful assignments

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